Iranian football players in solidarity with demonstrators Residents of the country only started singing their national anthem before the first match of the World Cup against England on Monday 21 November.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, team captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh said that the decision of whether or not to sing the national anthem in support of the victims of the crackdown would be taken jointly by all team members. As a result, the players listened to the music of the national anthem in silence, without singing along.
As AFP noted, during the performance of the national anthem, a crying woman in a white headscarf, applauding the players, entered the broadcast. A banner reading “Women, Life, Freedom” was also seen on stage with Iranian fans.
Protests in Iran last 2 months
There have been massive protests in Iran since late September. The reason for their start was the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the vice squad for “mistake” wearing a hijab. According to witnesses, the girl was beaten in a police car, after which she fell into a coma and then died.
According to Iranian authorities, Amini died of “sudden cardiac arrest”. Her relatives insist that the girl was healthy and had no heart problems.
After Mahsa’s death, political protests against the regime began across the country. The Iranian authorities repress them severely. At least, that is what the human rights organization Iran Human Rights (IHR) says. 378 peopleincluding 47 children. Human rights organization Hengaw claims that Iranian security forces have “significantly increased the use of deadly weapons in attacks on demonstrators” in recent days.